Written by Todd Belcher
Businesses want simpler, more agile IT environments. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) uses virtualization and fully integrated components to simplify and modernize IT infrastructure.
Overall, HCI offers a lower cost of entry, simpler life-cycle management and less unplanned downtime. Here’s how HCI can improve your organization’s server performance.
HCI uses integrated components and virtualization
Traditional infrastructure uses separate compute, storage and networking components that work together but require independent maintenance and upgrades. In contrast, HCI is a software-defined approach to environment design that unifies these key components into one package.
As a node-based solution, HCI has several advantages for small and large organizations alike. Each node in the system contains integrated memory, CPU and storage. Because every upgrade includes the hardware, firmware and drivers for the node, the system works as a bundle.
Therefore, you can scale HCI seamlessly from two to 64 nodes to meet your team’s compute and memory needs. If your business needs an agile IT infrastructure, HCI offers straightforward flexibility.
Many companies already use VMware to run software on powerful virtualized machines. VMware is a Dell Technologies alliance partner, and Dell’s HCI offerings use VMware as a virtualization layer to enable powerful computing without an on-premises server configuration. These offerings also use VMware for storage.
Consequently, any systems that already use VMware can seamlessly transition to Dell’s HCI solutions. Additionally, most enterprise apps that run on the x86 architecture are compatible with HCI.
HCI simplifies infrastructure management and scaling
By using HCI for data storage and processing, you can better control costs and reduce downtime.
Simplified infrastructure management
One of the greatest benefits of using HCI is simplified infrastructure management. Since a node contains memory, CPU and storage, upgrades apply to all components simultaneously.
As a result of unified, automated upgrades, you’ll have less unplanned downtime. Easy updates ensure that your infrastructure always runs the latest, most secure software and firmware.
Dell EMC VxRail, a consolidated system with automated life-cycle management, specifically supports HCI and VMware even for demanding workloads and applications.
Flexibility and easy scaling
As a node-based infrastructure, HCI enables your company to easily scale—simply by adding additional processing nodes. Your team can add nodes as needed to enhance performance and storage capabilities.
Cost predictability is a huge benefit of using HCI. Whereas you must price and order each component separately in a traditional infrastructure, HCI packages these components in one price. As a result, it’s easier to design and plan your infrastructure.
Additionally, this predictability makes long-term maintenance and scaling more cost effective. For example, you don’t have to estimate complex maintenance costs.
Diverse use cases benefit from HCI
When your organization wants to simplify its infrastructure and reduce overhead costs, HCI can be a valuable solution. Virtualization reduces the cost of entry and makes future scaling easy.
HCI is ideal for managing stretch clusters and improving failover. Your team can reduce planned maintenance and operate a high-performance active-active data center across multiple locations.
Additionally, the integrated packaging of HCI nodes helps simplify the move to a hybrid cloud architecture. Using HCI helps you keep your organization’s infrastructure modern.
HCI can make your environment seamless
In summary, using HCI sets up your organization for easy scaling, up-to-date hardware and software and the latest security.
Now that you know when to use hyperconverged infrastructure, Contact a Converge Technology Solutions expert to explore the capabilities of HCI and Dell VxRail and see what they can do for your organization.